Hop Hearty Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
562 Ratings
Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 09-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark copper with a dense one finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a thick cap that leaves behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; mild citrus and pine, with a bit of some sweet malts and cardboard. Unfortunately I think this bottle may be a little past it's prime, at least I hope so.

Taste; as with the aroma, a bit of some pney and citric hops with a fairly solid malt backbone, but it's all really hurt by a nagging cardboard/oxidized flavor. I can see how this would be a pretty good beer when it's fresh, but this bottle is definitely past it's prime. I had to trade to get this bottle, and I hope that I can have a chance to try this again, but a bit more fresh than this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth carbonation, and the drinkability is good despite the oxidation.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a head that does not go away. Not a very hoppy IPA, but good for the common beer drinker. Those who love the mouth puckering ability of some of the more well known IPAs will not enjoy this as much. But, when not comparing it to the other IPAs out there this is a very good and very drinkable brew. Very much an entry level IPA.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burned orange amber with big fluffy head that dies slowly to a thick layer and laces along the sides. Lively carbonation. Smells of hops, malt, caramel, fig. Tastes of hops but is very well balanced with some biscuity characters, malt and finishes midly bitter. Feels a little thin in the mouth and is highly drinkable. A delicious, very well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, picked up on my recent adventure through the heart of wisconsin. No freshness info offered. Pours slightly darker then average almond, mostly clear, under a long lasting frothy tan head, leaving plenty of impressive sheeting. Nose here is mostly of malt, with a hint of peppery spice and hop notes mixed in. Again I initially get mostly malt here, honey, vanilla, then quite late, some mild, drying hop notes show up on the tongue, more light pepper also in evidence. Respectable sessioner, could use some more hops to satisfy my tastes in an "American IPA"

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with notches on the label, but no way to tell what they mean, into a pint glass. Was a hazy reddish orange color with some carbonation. It had a good head that settled into a constant film with good lacing. The aroma was heavy hops. Not sure which hop variety was dominant but I liked it. The taste was really good with a good hop bite with no bitterness at the end. Good creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer but I've before in the past and remember liking it a lot better so need to try again to make sure I had a good sample. Recommend if you can get without to much effort. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one is a hazy deep amber with a tan head. aroma is interesting-there is something dominating here which i can't quite put my finger on-a musty/leathery/woody aroma, not terrible, just not what i'm looking for in an ipa. other than that the nose presents with caramel, toffee, and resiny, roasty pine notes. some caramel malt sweetness upfront washed out by a bitter hop astringency. medium bodied. worth a try, not your usual american ipa.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ive enjoyed this brew before, but had another taste last night and will finally review.

Looks great, a deep, clear, amber hued ale. Huge pillowy light tan head formed on a pour that was too aggressive. Decent head retention, medium level of carbonation, and nice sticky clumps of lacings present.

Big caramel nose from the malts. Then a big bitter blast of Goldings with an earthy woodiness with hints of leather and tobacco shows up and is followed by a much more muted grapefruit aroma from the Cascade hops.

Taste is pretty similar to what was revealed in the nose. Toasty caramel malts give way to a big, bitter, earthy and woody, slightly floral blast of Goldings that morphs into the more subdued grapefruit of the Cascade hops. The hop combination worked better in the tasting than the aroma.

A medium bodied brew, slight caramel sweetness is muted by the dry toasty malt characteristics, and blown away by the big woody Goldings bitterness. Even with the pronounced old world hops the bitterness level still screams american IPA. While still hop forward my issue with this beer was the choice of hops, as they just didnt work well together in my opinion.

Big woody bitterness greatly reduced the drinkability of this brew. Certainly not approable as far as most IPAs go. It is interesting and tasty in its own right, but I would have a difficult time sessioning this one due to the big blast of Goldings. Ill come back to this again sometime, but probably not anytime too soon.

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Photo of ttu94
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another AIPA from Packer land. Starts out promising, good head and good lacing, a dark hazy gold color. Smell is good and mostly malty with hops very much present as they should be. The taste initially is very good then somthing happens. I don't know if it has too much malt flavor or what but the hop flavor changes to an almost nutty somewhat unpleasant taste that takes over and dominates the aftertaste. I would say it is unique among AIPA that I have had but not for great reasons.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to umustdrink for this beer.

This poured an only slightly hazy dark amber with a shade darker than off-white head that is fluffy and a bit rocky, leaving just a little lacing. The smell after just being poured was a lot of sweet caramel malt and some fresh hops. However, after a minute or so all hops recede and this becomes an amber ale. A lot of caramel malt, and it tastes like toasted malt was used in this as well. Expecting an IPA I'm very disappointed. But for a beer overall, it is very good. This would be THE best amber ale I've ever had. I have to rate this low just because of the fact that New Glarus is definitely proclaiming this beer as an IPA, and I don't find it to be anywhere close to an IPA. I believe this bottle to be fresh too. All the flavors come across nicely, they just aren't IPA flavors.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a darker, caramel color with just a minimal head. Light lacinig sticks around. The aroma slightly sweet and earthy. The first couple sips I am getting something different. The initial one is the basic, crisp IPA. The 2nd is dare I say creamy and a tad sweet. If finishes nice with a bit of dry/bitterness which is to be expected. Drinkable but not the best example in this vast market of IPA's.

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Photo of screwcitybeernut
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

:::purchased from the New Glarus Brewery's gift shop:::

a::: A very nice golden orange. Fluffy, rocky head, excellent head retention until the very last sip.

s::: Limey hop up front with a teeny caramel sugar background.

t::: Not a complete hop bomb! Well balanced between malty body and hoppy astringency. Balanced IPAs are rare in today's craft market, but the Hop Hearty is not overpowering in any direction.

m::: Medium bodied - not too filling and not too astringent.

d::: Very drinkable IPA. Could have several in a session and not feel weighed down.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to flyingbison and ThomasHardy for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slighlty hoppy, some citrus and caramel. The taste is mostly a nice blend of malts/hop, with some citrus/caramel thrown in. Nice little dry/bitternes finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice IPA, recommended.

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Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for sharing this beer.

Pours a clear amber, thin off white head, some lace spots, decent retention, thin layer. Smell is pine and citrus, caramel, some sweet malts, grapefruit, grainy, dirty grass, interesting. Taste is grainy, some bread, pine and citrus, grapefruity, light perfume, biscuit, interesting mix of flavours, light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth. Interesting beer, good and not so good elements, but decent overall. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to BeerTruth for this one. He gave me a bottle a month ago and I dropped it, smashed and spilled, so he gave me another one. I was more careful this time.

Pours a slightly orangey amber, moderately clear with a spongy beige head. Leaves some clumps of chunky head on top and some stick on the sides of the glass as it goes down.

Smell is a nice balance of caramel malt and piney, floral hops. Taste is similar, starting out with some caramel malt sweetness and grain flavor, then a splash of pine hop flavor. Very little bitterness and not as much hop flavor as I'd like in an IPA. Good but not great. Mouthfeel is very chewy, but it finishes clean and there is no lingering hop bitterness whatsoever. Again surprisingly for an IPA the aftertaste is of roasted and caramel malt, rather than hops.

Interesting IPA and one that a non-hophead could definitely handle. Good but not great.

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Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours an offwhite thick head that stuck around the entire time and left strong laceing down the whole pint glass, had a darker amber color that was clear
S- there is a smooth hop smell throughout with some under lying malt sweetness
T- this has a really nicemlty start that balances the strong hops that are prevalent throughout, but dont really assault all that strongly at any one point. has a real nice smooth taste that goes down well
M- has a nice solid body, which flows over the tongue well.
D- very high, this is a great beer

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Photo of scaliasux
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, a few floating objects. Dark reddish-brown. Short but long lasthing, light reddish-tan head. Looks good.

Smell - Prominent chocolate malt notes. Hops actually difficult to detect. Maybe a little off for the style, but by no means bad.

Taste - Rich chocolately or caramel malt. Finishes with noticable, but not overpowering hoppiness. Seems quite well balanced, maybe too well balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, medium body.

Drinkability - The flavor of this beer is exceptional. One of the best beers I've tried. Seems a little misleadingly labeled, though - not really all that hops-dominant and even a little hops-lacking compared to most IPAs I've tried recently.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky ruby/tan color, kinda bright. Looks as though it might be a tad sweet. Head forms about 1 inch, tries to chunk up, but fades to a nice lingering head.
Citrus and pine dominate the aroma, yet there is a hint of malt and grain.
As suspected there is a bit of sweetness toward the back of the taste. The crisp citrus/pine flows to a floral flavor, then the malt kicks in, every so briefly, and fades. This is closer to either a traditional IPA or a contemporary PA. Not very hoppy. However, I did enjoy it as it drank well and was refreshing and not over-the-top.

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Photo of tempest
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a great citrus aroma (centennial hops?) and have a dark amber body to match. The malt profile stands out more than your average American IPA with a rich caramel malt flavor that finishes with a bit of cocoa. The hops aren't too big and the bitterness is only moderate, but there's a nice creamy grapefruit quality that comes through. It's not the biggest or the baddest IPA, but it's different and makes for good drinking. My favorite IPA out of WI so far.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazed, kind of pale, flat orange. A heavy finger of thick uneven foam, lace is rather sticky and clumpy.

Aroma - orange and pineapple, Juicyfruit gum anyone?

Taste - a sweet caramel start, nice hops rolling them over quickly with a good balance of citrus, bitterness, even a touch grassy/earthy. A faint hint of metal, just noticeable. Finishes with a snap of pine and some light booziness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel - good chewiness, quite smooth and certainly a heavier than average body.

Drinkability - drat, another fine sessionable that I only have one of. Oh well, I'm happy to have this one, thanks to jj21 for the opportunity.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EliteDigger for this one. Cheers my friend!

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Has a nice foggy copper hue with a foamy light khaki bubble filled head. Sticks to the sides of the glass like crazy. Love the smell of this one, maybe one of the most unique and interesting odors in an IPA to date for me. Very earthy hop smell with a soapy/floral odor that follows. Nice mild caramel malt that tingles the nose too. Taste is very complex. I actually noticed malt flavoring first on this one. Such great balance between the earthy/floral hops and the smooth toffee/caramel malt. Medium body with medium/high carbonation, very appropriate for this style. I can't stop sippin' this brew, glad Scott sent me a six pack :)

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Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Grub for sharing all his good beer with us!
Pours a nice dark tawny shade, rocky off white head. A glowing transparency with bright ruby shine. Aroma boasts notes of rye and hops. A little odd though, somewhat off putting. Flavour a little biscuity, minerally with an English style. The body is alittle flat.
The sample was fresh, I just simply couldn't get around this odd hop bill. It was interesting, all be it different, and not among my favourites.

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Photo of Derek
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-caramel; off-white head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Sulphur (mineral?), earthy, grassy, sweet toffee.

T: Aggressive bitterness; grapefruit citrus with a little orange; grainy; slightly earthy.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slight acidity.

D: It's alright, but I'm not keen on the sulphur/mineral quality.

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle from nflmvp in a trade at dark lord day. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours a nice coppery red colour with a small dense off-white head. drops fast but leaves some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. lots of caramel. hint of sulpher or dms? bready malt. mineraly, definitely feels "burtonized". the earthy EKG hops also make me think of this.

taste is good. medium bitterness. big biscuity malt. touch of caramel. hint of alcohol. bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. nice light carbonation.

drinkability is good. the smell threw me initially, but this one has grown on me.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the best New Glarus beer I've yet had, and is a very nice IPA.

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with good head formation, which sticks around quite well. Aroma is that of sweet hops, and is mild yet quite good. Flavor is quite smooth, yet a pleasing sweet citrus-y hopiness (like pineapple). Mouthfeel is not watery, but is a bit flat, but still pleasant.

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Photo of happygnome
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: kind of an orange or amber color with eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing
s: Strong bitter spring morning type hop aroma, carmel malts present hop aroma is deffinatly strongest very nice
t: very hoppy but nice balance with carmel malts
m: medium bodied beer with less than average carbonation

overall i found this brew to be exceptional, very enjoyable, prolly the best ipa ive had

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 562 ratings.
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